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"Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future" by Jennifer Baumgardner.

"One afternoon during my first months of college, my best friend asked, "Are we feminist?" We both shrugged our shoulders and didn't really know. We listed off the stereotypes we had been fed our whole lives: "But I shave my armpits.. But I like boys... But I wear makeup.." etc. We decided to read the 15 or so Gender/Woman Studies books in our dorm library, one of which was "Manifesta." I remember as I read, being so excited to know there were women that were saying all of these intelligent things that I agreed with, discussing experiences that I had shared, and stressing the importance of working diligently toward social equality. At the same time, I was disappointed that it had taken me so long to know the true "definition" of feminism, free from the stereotypes and negativity. Reading those books at such a formative time in my life made a huge difference in the way that I viewed myself and the world around me. I felt confident, empowered, and connected to a larger community of strong women. Feminism continues to impact all areas of my life today."